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Living in Rochester

Rochester is a wonderfully livable community. It is a mid-sized city that offers a great range of cultural activities, including an incredible music scene (in part because of the presence of the Eastman School of Music); numerous festivals, including the annual Jazz Festival and the Lilac Festival; a large number of outstanding restaurants; and great public school systems. At the same time, the cost of living is very low (many residents own houses), and traffic and commute times are minimal. And then there’s Wegmans - consistently voted the best grocery store in the US for a reason.

It takes literally minutes to go from anywhere in Rochester to one of the beautiful parks in the greater Rochester area or to get outside of town to enjoy an enormous range of outdoor activities in the Finger Lakes region, including skiing, wine tasting, and spectacular hikes (such as along the gorges in Letchworth Park and Watkins Glen).

A common misconception is that the weather in Rochester is bad. In fact, winters are less cold than in many other major US cities, with an average high temperature in January (the coldest month) of 32 degrees F; sure, we get snow, but many residents embrace and celebrate the snow, which offers great skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding options. The spring, summer and fall are all wonderfully enjoyable.

And home ownership is common among our residents and fellows. The University has partnered with the city of Rochester and local banks to incentivize residents with up to $9000 credit toward the purchase of a house in the neighborhoods near the University and Medical Center. Learn more about this amazing program.